Another Bitcoin fund sees the light of day. Will BlockFi succeed in blessing King Grayscale’s throne?
The for crypto loans BlockFi known has announced the launch of its own Bitcoin Fund on February 9 announced .
The BlockFi Bitcoin Trust presented Bitcoin worth $ 32 million on the same day
With the trust, BlockFi wants to offer investors an “alternative, more cost-effective entry option into the crypto market compared to similar existing products”. It is not difficult to suspect a declaration of war on Grayscale behind this statement . Their Bitcoin Investment Trust is considered the most financially strong crypto fund. BTC valued at $ 30 billion is in the hands of the subsidiary of the Digital Currency Group. What is striking is that while Grayscale charges its customers a two percent fee, Crypto Engine attracts potential investors with a quarter of a percentage point less.
Bitcoin funds and institutional capital
For the time being, the acquisition of shares in the BlockFi Trust is only open to institutional investors. However, accredited US citizens will also receive access later. The possibility of secondary investments via trading platforms is also planned. Fidelity Digital Asset Services takes care of the safekeeping of digital assets.
BlockFi doesn’t run the only Bitcoin fund to position itself as a competitor to Grayscale. Even Bitwise and Osprey already launched similar offers. For example, Bitwise was able to double the assets of its own fund last year. Behind the development is the increasing interest of institutional investors in crypto funds and comparable financial products. This is how Zac Prince, CEO of BlockFi, also sees it:
Given the high level of institutional activity in recent months and the demand for new, professional investment vehicles, the timing of the BlockFi Bitcoin Trust is ideal. As we work to expand the availability of this vehicle to retail brokers, we expect this product will enable more investment in digital assets – at the heart of BlockFi’s mission to connect cryptocurrencies with traditional funding.